Ethics Q&A
Q: What steps should a firm take in order to timely screen a new lawyer with a conflict who is joining the firm?

A: The lawyer must be isolated from participating in the matter through procedures that will protect information from being exchanged between lawyers. Read ER 1.10.

Need ethics advice? Members of the State Bar can get free ethics advice concerning their own prospective conduct by calling the State Bar's Ethics Hotline at 602-340-7284.



Exam Book Trial
What if you sat down to a law school exam book, and there was nothing in your head that helped? Attorney Lawrence Savell examines that scenario in a short story in letters. Read the article.


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Supreme Court: Civil Rights Trump States' Rights
The Supreme Court ruled that states are not immune when disabled people sue under the Americans with Disabilities Act to gain access to courthouses. Read more.

DNA Samples Taxing Arizona
Arizona's DNA database is languishing. Tens of thousands of DNA samples from felons are sitting on shelves at the DPS crime lab waiting to be analyzed. Read more.

Arizona Men Take Same-Sex Marriage Issue to Court
While the nation's attention focuses on same-sex marriages in Massachusetts, a similar case is quietly knocking at the doors of the Arizona Supreme Court. Read more.

Register Online for State Bar Convention
The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale hosts the annual State Bar Convention June 9-12, 2004. Join us for some fascinating, intelligent programs. Read more and register online.

Appellate Commission - Revised Deadline
One of the five lawyer seats on the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is vacant. In order to expedite the selection process, the application deadline has been moved up to May 28. For more information, call 602-340-7201 or read more.

Maricopa County Superior Court Vacancy
The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments is accepting applications for a vacancy on the Maricopa County Superior Court. Applications are due May 28, 2004. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two
Arizona Court of Appeals April 29, 2004 - TX 02-0021 - Nordstrom v. Maricopa
Is the Nordstrom Store at Scottsdale Fashion Square a "shopping center" within the meaning of A.R.S. � 42-13201 for property tax valuation purposes? Read opinion.

May 12, 2004 - 2 CA-CV 2003-0090 - Wonders v. Pima County
Is Pima County's native-plant preservation ordinance, Pima County Code Chapter 18.72, preempted by the less restrictive Arizona Native Plant Act, A.R.S. �� 3-901 through 3-934? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
May 13, 2004 - No. 02-73700 - GE v. Ashcroft
Immigration Judge's adverse credibility determination is unsupported and reversed. Because his wife was forced to undergo an abortion under China's one-child policy, petitioner is statutorily eligible for asylum. Read opinion.

May 12, 2004 - No. 03-10386 - U.S. v. Kovac
A hearsay statement attributed to defendant, included in the state presentence report and describing the conduct underlying a prior criminal conviction, is insufficient to designate him as a career offender under U.S.S.G. section 4B1.1. Read opinion.